Preston identified as one of 18 areas yet to hit ‘peak coronavirus deaths’

Posted on - 29th May, 2020 - 2:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News
Preston's skyline Pic: Mick Gardner
Preston’s skyline Pic: Mick Gardner

Analysis of coronavirus deaths says Preston is ‘behind the curve’ of other places in England and Wales.

Analysis of Office of National Statistics data by the Telegraph has pinpointed 18 council-areas which are not yet at the peak for coronavirus-related deaths.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday told the nation the country is ‘past the peak and on the downward slope’.

But there are warnings that different parts of the country are moving at different paces with the virus.

Preston has so far seen 428 confirmed cases of coronavirus, as of Thursday (May 28) and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, who operate Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley Hospital, say 199 deaths with Covid-19 have been recorded by them.

A second Lancashire council area, Wyre, is also included in the analysis of 18 council areas which have yet to ‘hit their peak’ for coronavirus-related deaths. Wyre has 345 confirmed coronavirus cases recorded.

Sixteen other council areas in England and Wales have been highlighted by the analysis of ONS numbers, these are: Ashford in Kent, Broadland in Norfolk, Carlisle in Cumbria, Doncaster in South Yorkshire, Eden in Cumbria, Fenland in Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire, Hinkley and Bosworth in Leicestershire, Kettering in Northamptonshire, North Somersert, Richmondshire in North Yorkshire, Rother in East Sussex, Selby in North Yorkshire, South Norfolk, Tonbridge and Malling in Kent and Wrexham in North Wales.

Lancashire County Council this week changed its advice to say primary schools and nurseries should not expand the number of pupils being taken in from June 1.

This came after the county’s director of public health said they could not be confident of halting a ‘second wave’ of infections or having adequate PPE available if infections did start to rise.

Read more: Guild Tower offices closed for deep clean due to Covid-19 fears

The government has asked schools and nurseries to reopen from Monday (June 1) to early years, reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.

Updated government guidance on the lockdown is due to come into force from Monday with up to six people from different households being allowed to meet outside, or in a private garden, as long as social distancing is maintained.

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